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Can’t nobody tell him nothing: Lil Nas X’s momentum isn’t stopping any time soon

By Jordan Harris

I’m sure by now you’ve all heard of the viral country rapping phenom known as Lil Nas X.

Rising quickly to stardom after dropping his country-trap single “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas found himself at number 1 on the Billboard Charts for five weeks straight, but it wasn’t a smooth path to the top.

“Old Town Road” first hit the Billboard Hot 100 list at number 53 on Country Airplay in March. Billboard placed the song, released by Sony’s Columbia Records, on the Hot Country Songs chart, where it debuted at No. 19, according to Billboard Business writer Melinda Newman.  The following week, the song was removed after Billboard claimed it didn’t meet the country genre standards.

This is where what we know as Black Twitter came in with a “hell to the naw.”

Several artists and fans alike believed the removal of the song had to do with race.

It seems country to me…

It also seemed pretty country to COUNTRY SINGER, Billy Ray Cyrus, who hopped on the remix, and here we are 5 weeks later and the song beat out Taylor Swift for number 1 on the Hot 100. 


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Congrats @lilnasx 🤠 I’m always in your corner! #1 #OTR #OldTownRoadREMIX

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People began to stand with Nas X and his single “Old Town Road” rather than stand against him, the way Billboards seemed to have done.

Since then, it seems as though Lil Nas X isn’t stopping anytime soon.

Lil Nas and Billy Ray recently performed together for the first time with DJ Diplo and Nas also hinted at a music video in the works.


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Woohoo! @lilnasx @diplo #OTR remix out NOW smarturl.it/OTRDiplo 🎥:@litcreative

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With all this success, how could anyone see a reason to pull such a hit from the record books?

I can’t remember a time where there were specific country music laws that needed to be followed in order to be considered a number 1 charted artist.

But that’s not where the hating ended.

Not too long ago a sign was put up, awarding ONLY Billy Ray Cyrus on the new remix of “Old Town Road”

Billy took it upon himself to drive to the sign only congratulating himself to hold up another sign saying “I would not have this sign without Lil Nas X and Kio”


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On my way home from the gig. Wanted to say thank you @lilnasx and @youngkio_ Take My Horse To The Old Town Road.

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Billy Ray Cyrus and many more are coming together to support not just any song, but a popular country rap song by a young African American male hitting number one, for a song in a genre of music African Americans are not widely represented in a whole lot.

This is something to celebrate.

In a clip posted to his Instagram, Billy Ray talked about how great and different their writing and recording session went. And since then, I think it’s safe to say the two are buds.

They were in fact out riding REAL horses together

Can I join?!

Lil Nas was also a recent guest on “Showtime’s Desus and Mero”, posted a picture with John Meyer and has hinted at dropping his album soon.

At this point he seems unstoppable.

Whether the “officials” see it or not, “Old Town Road” is a HIT! And always will be. We just have to learn to give credit when credit is due and stand up for each other the way Billy Ray did for Lil Nas X, at ALL times.

And we have to keep an eye out for this star in the making.

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